Why cannot the Asteriod Belt be seen?? ~ JupiterGreen
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In my humble oppinion, one of the best planetarium programs of all time was 'Dance of the Planets' by ARC Science Simulations. (http://www.arcscience.com/otherProducts/danceOfThePlanets.html). Unfortunately the program runs only under good old MS-DOS.
Dance of the Planets could display the asteroid belt. It took a lot of calculations to plot the asteroids in their current position and in the end the screen looked like the plot on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid_belt.
I gave it a try and I managed to run Dance of the Planets in DOSBox ( http://www.dosbox.com/ ) on an ACER laptop with Core i5-3210M and NVIDIA Geforce GT 630M.
This is the result of the asteroid plot:
The brightest Main Belt asteroids are included by default. You can add more asteroids with the Solar System Editor plug-in.
Stellarium is a graphical sky simulator, not a top-down view Solar System visualizer. Even if you import a large number of Main Belt asteroids, because of the way Stellarium draws objects you won't get that "swarm" effect.
Thanks. I appreciate your replies. I learned of the asteroid thing some year's ago, when I read about the possibility of a nuclear bomb, having caused the destruction of a planet named Maldek!, resulting in what appears to be rubble, or, the asteroid belt. Makes one wonder about the possibilities:
http://www.aetherius.org/the-mother-earth/atlantis-lemuria-maldek/ Atlantis, Lemuria & Maldek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCuFf70fgYc The Asteriod Belt - Part 1 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec2mgYX-Gn4 The Asteroid Belt - Part 2 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU-cs5hLDFg The Asteroid Belt - Part 3 of 3
Best regards, ~ JupiterGreen
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